[License-discuss] GPL and proprietary WebAPIs
cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Fri Dec 23 18:32:46 UTC 2011
Lawrence Rosen scripsit:
> And with regard to this irrational fear of the reach of the GPL
> regarding functional linking that is but one minor factor in a complex
> derivative work analysis, what is the risk that some court will force
> me to disclose my *copyright-independent* crown jewel proprietary
> stuff or give away my patents?
That, at least, seems like FUD to me. An injunction against further
distribution of the part-GPL proprietary product, sure. Disgorgement of
ill-gotten gains, possibly. Damages for copyright violation, conceivably.
But that kind of specific performance? I can't see any common-law
jurisdiction ordering it.
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